Milwaukee Bucks fans enjoy having shooting guard Monta Ellis on the team and would hate to see him leave town. What are the chances Ellis signs his $11 million extension with the Bucks next season?
With the Feb. 21 trade deadline only days away Milwaukee better field all available options for Ellis because rumors are already circulating that the 27-year-old will absolutely not sign his extension and will instead test out free agency for the first time in his career.
The following excerpt comes from the Boston Globe who was the first to report the news about Ellis:
“Also, guard Monta Ellis has an $11 million player option that he is expected to reject to become a free agent this summer. Ellis, like Josh Smith, has been productive throughout his career but elicits different opinions about whether he can contribute to a championship-caliber team.”
At this point, it does not appear there is anything the Bucks can do to change Ellis’ mind about leaving town. It is certainly hard to blame the guy after his numbers took a dive ever since being traded to Milwaukee last season. Not to mention, the lack of a fan base, a head coach that resigned earlier in the year and the drama that always appears to circulate around the Bucks is enough for him to see what else is available. The fact of the matter is Ellis deserves to be with a team that is contending for an NBA championship opposed to wasting his talents with teams that can only dream of one day reaching that level.
With this news officially out in the open, Milwaukee will now most likely do whatever it takes to retain Brandon Jennings at the end of the season even if the point guard wants out just like Ellis. Even though Jennings has a horrific shooting percentage, the Bucks simply cannot lose two solid ball handlers in the same off-season.
Ellis is averaging 18.4 points, 5.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game while shooting 40.1 percent from the floor and 23.2 percent from beyond the arc in 36.8 minutes this season.